Zuhair Murad's most recent collection, titled "The Blissful Show" honours the grandeur and artistic allure of circus and tells the tale of bold and inspiring women. In a cleaver way these two worlds merge in Zuhair Murad's collection, resplendent with contrasting lines and kinetic energy.
When he is not launching ultra-luxury residential projects in the heart of Downtown Dubai or raising money for development and charity, the Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad seems to find somehow time to research, design and absorb the Zeitgeist in his collections for woman who is just as busy with work, travelling and of course going to shows and parties.
Therefore Zuhair Murad's most recent ready-to-wear collection, puts attention to the strong female body and the looks radiate femininity, allure, and beauty on stage. Show notes state specific inspiration sources that influenced the brand's fall 2023/2024 sensual and artistic images, being French-American artist Nikki de Saint Phalle's "Nanas" sculptures.
These influences can be seen in knots and gold ball details on gowns, capes, and high-necked collars. Duchess ruffle styles are proposed in subtle velvet fabrics that shine like jewels with diamond-like luster, while pleated skirts accentuate the waist. Equally the animal prints were opaque, with tone-on-tone tiger and zebra prints on velvet, while a harlequin pattern was blown up to dimensions that obscured its origin.
In a subdued color scheme of ruby red, royal purple, and marigold yellow, several dress designs were slimmer and there was a lot less bling. And surprisingly the designer proposed tweed on slim-cut shift dresses, flat-front shorts and round-necked Spencer jackets. Tweed pattern somehow compliments the harlequin-pattern theme, which was also rather favoured by designers during the Haute Couture Fashion Week in January. But the designer did not need to look for this inspiration in art and books, as the streetstyle is full of theatrical references today, with fashion bloggers looking for the most TiKTok-able outfit for their next video and exatcly ten years ago fashion reporter Suzy Menkes noted that change in her article "The Circus of Fashion". But this is not Murad's inspiration at all, his circus arena is made up of true artists, horse breeders and equestrians, investors and residents of Zuhair Murad branded apartments, while wearing triumphant, airy georgette dresses adorned with embroidered tulle, lamé jersey and interspersed with ruffled satin Duchess dresses.